Music to Write By

In an email exchange with a fellow writer, the use of "background noise" was brought up. My friend and colleague mentioned that he always writes with either a movie or music playing in the background. A different colleague on my writing group said she would find it to distracting.

I personally fall into the group of those writers who almost "needs" some background music while I write. I find it really helps me "get into" my writing with mood-appropriate music. As such, I listened to a LOT of Star Wars soundrack while working on Call to Arms (which, incidentally, I've received new inspiration for the rewrite of which I forgot to mention in yesterday's post).

Lacking time for any more substantive posts, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite writing music -- maybe if you're a writer you can make use of it too:


General - Snow White and the Hunstman, Gladiator, Game of Thrones soundtracks
More upbeat/heroic - Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un Gentilhombre
Epic - anything Wagner, but especially the selections found in Excalibur's soundtrack

Science Fiction

Space Opera - Star Wars soundtracks, Holst's Planets
Darker/"Cyberpunk" - Blade Runner soundtrack

Obviously not exhaustive, but it's what I have loaded into iTune or which comes to mind. Looking at the list, I realise I've got more fantasy stuff going on, yet in recent years it's all been about sci fi. This is due to my days with Dargonzine when I wrote a fair bit of fantasy. Probably should make more of an effort to get back into that genre some more. No idea why I've drifted away.

1 comment:

Sophia's Favorite said...

I mostly listen to anime soundtracks while I write—the ones from Slayers and both series of Fullmetal Alchemist are especially good. Fullmetal Alchemist was made by the people who also make the Final Fantasy games, so they think nothing of having choral arrangements in Russian (like this one, from the first show) or Latin (like this one, from the second).

Also videogame music, like Halo (the "Mjolnir Mix" of the Halo theme, the metal cover, also makes excellent driving music).

Have you heard the music from Conan the Barbarian? The guy who did it, the late Basil Poledouris, also did the music for Hunt for Red October. I'll often use that when writing fantasy.

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